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Clemens J. Setz

Happy as Lead in a Corn Field

There are stories so inconceivable that they cannot be told publicly, explicitly, but can only be recounted. Naturally, by the author himself. Here they are. Forty-five in number, and each of them illustrated by Kai Pfeiffer.

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Clemens J. Setz

Indigo

In the northern part of Styria, Austria, lies Helianau, a boarding school for children suffering from a mysterious condition known as indigo syndrome. Everyone who comes to close to them is struck by nausea, dizziness and severe headaches.

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Clemens J. Setz

Love in the Times of the Mahlstädter Child

A woman who has herself locked in a cage in her own kitchen; a man who lives all by himself in the innermost part of a distant planet; an aging poet in a crib who becomes the core of the collection in a literary archive.

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Arabic world rights (Al'Asreya), France (Actes Sud / Jacqueline Chambon), Denmark (Vandkunsten), Czech Republic (Fra), Hungary (Europa), Bulgaria (Funtasy), Romania (Univers), Macedonia (Blesok)

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Clemens J. Setz

The Hour Between Woman and Guitar

In a residential home for people with physical and mental disabilities, a young woman – Natalie Reinegger – is employed as a caregiver to Alexander Dorm. The man is confined to a wheelchair, has an unpredictable temper and is regarded as »difficult«. Nevertheless, he has a visitor every week. That visitor, of all people, is Christoph Hollberg – the man whose life Dorm allegedly ruined years ago when he stalked him so relentlessly that he drove Hollberg’s wife to suicide.

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Clemens J. Setz

The Comfort of Round Things

An Alsatian soldier in the First World War discovers the constellation of the Great Young Kid in the night sky, but it is so awful that he can’t tell anyone about it. A young man, who has fallen in love with the blind Anja, discovers that her apartment is covered with insults from floor to ceiling. Marcel, sixteen years old, leaves his mobile number behind in the toilet-stall of a sex shop along with the name Suzy.

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Russia (Symposium), France (Actes Sud), Italy (La Nave di Teseo), Denmark (Vandkunsten), Greece (Gutenberg)

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Clemens J. Setz

The Ostrich Trumpet

Why did young women in the nineteenth century like to stick sharp needles in their mouths in the dark? What is it that prevents someone from being a great lover? And what do childless parrots do?

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Peter Sloterdijk

The Schelling-Project

A group of five ageing people, three men, two women, applies to the German Research Foundation for financial support of a project entitled »Between Biology and the Humanities: On the Problem of the Development of Pullulating Sexuality from the Hominid-Female to the Homo-sapiens-Women In Reference to Evolutionary Theory With Constant Consideration of the Nature Philosophy of German Idealism«. According to one of the female participants, »vita femina« would have been a more appropriate title.

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Andrzej Stasiuk

Dojczland

»Holding back tears at the sight of a Mercedes-Benz factory. Boarding the silver bullet of the intercity train, autumn in your heart. Strolling through Berlin's Olympic Stadium, a Transylvanian gypsy tune on your lips.«

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France (Christian Bourgois), Romania (RAO)

Andrzej Stasiuk

Fado

»In this delightful collection of essays – by turns wry and reflective, wistful and witty – contemporary Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk turns his attention to the villages and small towns of Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Albania, and of course his native Poland.

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Andrzej Stasiuk

Cardboard Airplane

At the beginning, there is the longing of a child to be simultaneously here and elsewhere. It is appeased in traveling and reading.

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Andrzej Stasiuk

Galician Tales

If you enjoyed Dukla you'll be equally enthusiastic about Galician Tales. Because Stasiuk's literary landscape, south-east Poland, the forgotten province in the years following 1989, is now being populated by people whose dreams and tragedies he copies with scant lines.

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Andrzej Stasiuk

The Walls of Hebron

Stasiuk's legendary debut, and new editions have been repeatedly brought out in 1992 in Poland, continues to irritate and fascinated readers. To describe the violent reality of everyday prison life the author summed up all his powers of poetic exaggeration such as was to also be the hallmark of his later writings.

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Andrzej Stasiuk

Nine

Nine is an existential crime novel as well as a major work of art.

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Andrzej Stasiuk

On the Road to Babadag

Herds of cows on a stretch of rail tracks beyond Oradea, sheep on a suburban street in Satu Mare, a white horse grazing in the middle of Suceava – the dirtiest, remotest, most god-forsaken part of our continent is inhabited by animals. In the endlessness of rusting warehouses, in the shadow of vast chimneys and between swaying trucks, they pluck at poisoned grass without a hint of worry or interest. As if they had been grazing there since time immemorial.

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Andrzej Stasiuk

Dukla

The World Behind Dukla was the literary highlight of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2000: no other book was as discussed as widely and in such detail, or greeted so enthusiastically.

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Andrzej Stasiuk

How I became a Writer

Stasiuk would have preferred to be a rock star. In this »Bildungsroman«, penned in less than two weeks he lets us know why that career never came to be.

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France (Actes Sud)

Maria Stepanova

Post-Memory

Montpellier, 1908: the photograph of a young woman by an easel or »Grandma on the barricades«, as the family calls it. Pre-Revolution portraits, postcards from Venice, Montpellier, or Nizhny Novgorod, pieces from the »library of a very different and lost visual culture«, letters, childhood souvenirs – these are the things that the author examines in astonishment. Who were these people who travelled all throughout Europe yet lived in Russia? Who did their best to remain anonymous and who made little effort to make history seem interesting?

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Adalbert Stifter

Rock Crystal

Sanna and Konrad, the children of a cobbler, set out on the morning of December 24th to bring Christmas presents to their grandparents in the neighbouring mountain village. The grandmother urges them to leave early enough to reach their home before nightfall. But a heavy snowfall sets in and Sanna and Konrad get lost in the high mountain ranges. An extensive search begins … For the first time, Adalbert Stifter’s story Rock Crystal has been illustrated by Gerda Raidt for the Insel-Bücherei.

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Text by Adalbert Stifter in the public domain, illustration rights available

Theodor Storm

Little Havelman

Little Havelman is lying in his cot and can’t come to rest. He wants his mother to drive him around, but she has already gone to sleep in her four-poster bed. That’s when he decides to take matters into his own hands and drives through the keyhole and out into the night on a moonbeam…

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Text by Theodor Storm in the public domain, illustration rights sold to
Arabic world rights (Sefsafa)

Hg.: Suhrkamp Verlag

Where are we headed?

When Christa Wolf died on December 1st 2011, besides a great writer, a remarkable woman was mourned.

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